Entrepreneurship has become a popular career path in developed and developing countries, a phenomenon that has contributed to the intense interest in the subject shown by researchers and policymakers around the world.  There are several important reasons for studying and understanding entrepreneurship.  First of all, entrepreneurship is central to the generation of economic growth since it drives the innovation and technical change required for growth to occur.  Second, entrepreneurial action has been cited as the means for balancing supply and demand in the marketplace.  Third, entrepreneurship has been praised as the process that facilitates the conversion of new knowledge and ideas into innovative products and services.  Finally, entrepreneurship is now widely viewed as a distinct vocational path that has been taken by hundreds of millions of people around the world and, as such, it is important and useful to gain a better understanding of the role that entrepreneurship plays in the development of human and intellectual capital.

The Sustainable Entrepreneur’s Library of Resources for Entrepreneurship consists of four Parts.  Part I provides an introduction to a number of important topics relevant to the study and understanding of entrepreneurship and the process of creating, or giving birth to, a new business. The chapters in this Part cover definitions and types of entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship, innovation and development; research on entrepreneurship; motivational traits of prospective entrepreneurs; the role of entrepreneurs in launching new businesses and growth-oriented entrepreneurship.  The also discusses various definitions and characteristics of emerging companies, the relationship between emerging companies and innovation, critical success factors for emerging companies, challenges to growth generally experienced by prospective emerging companies, growth models for emerging companies, strategic alternatives for emerging companies, emerging companies in foreign countries and special issues associated with managing knowledge workers and knowledge-intensive firms.  In addition, the Part covers environmental and institutional influences on entrepreneurial activities, including the impact of societal culture and the institutions in which entrepreneurs are operating.  Special attention is given to innovation clusters, which are geographic regions that provide entrepreneurs with the resources and tools they need to launch their emerging companies, and entrepreneurship in developing countries.

Part II covers “sustainable entrepreneurship”, which has been described as the continuing commitment by businesses to behave ethically and contribute to economic development (e.g., job creation that increases disposable income that generates tax revenues that can be invested in projects focused on sustainable development) while improving the quality of life of the workforce, their families, the local and global community as well as future generations.  Sustainable entrepreneurship should be carried out using a sustainable business model that does not deplete resources, but rather replenishes them (e.g., natural resources, human resources, knowledge and technology foundations etc.), and creates value and material and non-material wealth (i.e., well being and happiness) for all stakeholders through actions which are ethical and just.  Specific topics covered in the Part include definitions and concepts of sustainability, definitions of sustainable development, dimensions of sustainability, environmental entrepreneurship (“ecopreneurship”), social entrepreneurship, sustainability entrepreneurship, determinants of sustainable entrepreneurship and instruments of sustainable entrepreneurship (e.g., sustainability reports, audits, codes, management systems, sustainability communications and labels).

Part III covers the steps that need to be taken to launch a new standalone business to be initially operated within a new entity by a group of persons, generally referred to herein as the “founders”, who have come together to commercialize an idea for a new product or service. The chapters in this Part cover business planning; product development and commercialization; initial funding sources; selecting and forming business entities including limited liability companies and corporations; initial capital and ownership structure; governance; organizational design; human resources; and technology management and protecting intellectual property.

Part IV covers a variety of topics relating to founders, beginning with a brief introduction to some of the personality traits and skill sets of those persons who seek to form new business and then turning to a discussion of some of the practical issues relating to founders with respect to their pre-formation duties and liabilities, particularly their relationships with prior employers, and their relationships and agreements with other members of the founding group.  The Part also examines the role that founders have on the organizational culture of their firms and the positions that founder occupy if and when their firms reach the point where they are ready to take on the rigors of public company status and complete an initial public offering, or “IPO”, of their securities.


Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice: A Guide for Sustainable Entrepreneurs

Sustainable Entrepreneurship: A Guide for Sustainable Entrepreneurs

Launching a New Business: A Guide for Sustainable Entrepreneurs

Founders: A Guide for Sustainable Entrepreneurs

Project Articles on Entrepreneurship


Training Materials

Legal Resource Guide for Startup Entrepreneurs



Change the World – Social Entrepreneurship

Corporate Social Responsibility – An Implementation Guide

Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

Handbook on Corporate Social Responsibility in India

Sustainability Handbook

Sustainable Management Handbook

Legal Compliance Checkups: Business Clients

Business Counselor’s Law & Compliance Practice Manual

Chapters or Articles in Books

Knowledge-Intensive Firms

The Founder’s Dilemmas (Introduction)

Articles in Journals

Beyond the Business Case for Corporate Sustainability

Can Businesses Move Beyond Efficiency?

Choice Between Founder and Non-Founder CEOs for IPO Firms

Defining Sustainability and Human Resources Management

Entrepreneurial Talent and Venture Performance

How to Start an Entrepreneurial Revolution

Influences on the Organizational Implementation of Sustainability

Quantifying the Social Dimension of Triple Bottom Line

Socio-Cultural Factors and Intention for Sustainable Entrepreneurship

What’s Distinctive About Growth-Oriented Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries

Theses and Dissertations

Adoption of Sustainability Practices Among Multinationals

Radical Innovation in the Trans-Atlantic Economy

Sustainability-Driven Entrepreneurship

Sustainable Entrepreneurship


12 Essential Characteristics of an Entrepreneur

A Systems View for Sustainable Entrepreneurship Education

Business Strategies for Sustainable Development

Calvert Principles for Social Investment

Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Success

Critical Success Factors in Biopharmaceutical Firms

Emerging Themes in Entrepreneurship Research

Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Growth-Oriented Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Around the Globe

Entrepreneurship Skills for Growth-Oriented Businesses

Filling the Scaleup Gap

Firm Innovation in Emerging Markets

Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index – Brief Introduction

Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index

Global Entrepreneurship and the United States

High-Growth Entrepreneurs

High-Growth SMEs – Understanding the Leaders of the Recovery

Impact of Corporate Sustainability on Organizational Processes and Performance

Innovations in Impact Measurement

Measuring Sustainable Development

Nascent Entrepreneurs

Organization and Its Context

Organizational Sustainability

Planning a Sustainability Management System Program

Profiling the Growth-Oriented Nascent Entrepreneur

Rites of Passage – CEO Transition in Tech Companies

Role of the Corporation in Society

Scale-Up Challenge

Scaling Up Business Impacts on Sustainable Living

Scaling Up in the Motor City

Social and Environmental Due Diligence

Strategies for Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Sustainability Entreprenuers, Ecopreneurs and Development of a Sustainability Economy

Sustainable Entrepreneurship in SMEs

The Bold Ones – High-Impact Entrepreneurs Who Transform Industries

The Lean Data Field Guide

The Nonprofit Effectiveness Framework

The Role of the Founder in Creating Organizational Culture

The Scaleup Report

The Startup Landscape of Switzerland

Government and Other Public Domain Publications

Policy Brief on Social Entrepreneurship

United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment

Online Articles

100 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs

Online Databases

Business Transactions Solution


The Top 10 Small Business and Entrepreneurship Blogs

10 Must Read Blogs for Entrepreneurs

10 Best Business Blogs Every Entrepreneur Should Be Reading

10 Blogs by Entrepreneurs You Should Be Reading

10 Best Venture Capitalist Blogs for Entrepreneurs

Startup Company Lawyer

Startup Law

Startup Lawyer

The Startup Garage


Orrick Startup Forms Library

Cooley GO

Wilmer Hale Launch

Founders Workbench


Global 100: 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World

Steve Blank’s Startup Tools

Lean Startups

Customer Development Manifesto

Customer Development Methodology

Customer Development Model

Customer Development

Lean Startup (Key Concepts)

Lean Startup (Visual Summary)

Running Lean

Start Up Owner’s Manual

The Customer Development Model

The Four Steps to the Epiphany

The Lean Startup (Book Summary)

The Lean Startup (Executive Summary)

The Lean Startup

Traction Channels

Why You Need Customer Development

The Lean Startup (Summary

The Lean Startup—Visual Summary

Vinsol’s Summary of The Lean Startup

Lean Startup Core Concepts—Overview

Lean Startup—What is Pivot

The Lean Startup—Eric Ries Google Tech Talk

Minimum Viable Product

How to Build Your Minimum Viable Product

Startup Owner’s Manual–Founder’s Workbook


West Legal Ed Center:  Click here for list of all programs presented by the Business Counselor Institute, an affiliate of the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Project, on West Legal Ed Center. Programs relating to entrepreneurship include several videos prepared for the Beyond the Bar training initiative and the following webinars (available on demand):

Business Counselor Institute on West Legal Ed Center

  • Business Plans (11.2015)
  • Leadership (06.2015)
  • Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws (07.2015)
  • Admission of Non-Corporate Owners (03.2015)
  • Business Owner Termination (12.2014)

Beyond the Bar Training Programs

  • Launching a New Business
  • Business Plans
  • Founders’ Relationships and Agreements
  • Selecting Form of Business Entity
  • Pre-Incorporation Agreements
  • Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws
  • Organizational Meetings and Actions
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Shareholders’ Agreements